by Debbie Perumal
UMHLANGA – Police spokesperson for the Durban North SAPS, Captain Raymond Deokaran confirmed to DurbanZone journalists that the Narandas Jewellery store in Gateway was robbed at gunpoint this morning. A single shot was fired but he confirmed that no one was harmed.
According to Kyle Van Reenen, official spokesperson for Marshal Security, three suspects entered the store and held up staff members before taking an undisclosed amount of jewels. Centre security (Enforce Security) tried to apprehend the suspects who fired one round from a 38 special handgun at the guards and then fled the scene in a dark grey BMW. “Just after 9am, Marshall Security were alerted by Sun Cell Watch, to an Armed Robbery at a jewellery store at a popular shopping centre in Umhlanga Ridge, north of Durban.
Three armed suspects robbed the store, making off with an undisclosed amount of jewels and money. When confronted by onsite security officers the suspects allegedly fired a shot, luckily no one was injured. The armed men then fled the scene in an unknown direction, in a grey BMW.
A description of the vehicle was sent out to all vehicles in the area and within twenty minutes, armed reaction officers found the vehicle abandoned on Umhlanga Boulevard. A vehicle check was conducted with the assistance of the SAPS, which indicated the vehicle had been stolen from the Berea area.The scene was then handed over to the Durban North South African Police Services for further investigation. The suspects remain at large,” Van Reenen said.
A representative from the store said that while they were advised that the should not comment to the media just yet, they could confirm that all staff members were unharmed, but just shocked.